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You give me Your shield of victory, [we fight, in His power and for His Name, a battle that He has already won] and Your right hand sustains me.” It is an insult to God when we let our guard down and our enemy rushes in because we’ve “spurned the Son of God…profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and…outraged the Spirit of grace?” It is also because Jesus conquered death and crucified with Him the curse of sin (the wrath of God) for those whom He chose from the foundation of the world.Even with these truths to cling to, it has been difficult in the face of these trials to continually look to Him.It can be easy to understand the benefits we receive when we walk in righteousness, but hard to know how to walk in righteousness to begin with.One night at Meta, Erin quoted Psalm , “The Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord gives grace and glory.No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” This truth brought me so much peace. He is my Shield from things that would otherwise compromise my holiness, and He is the Sun that sheds light on my understanding and the dark places of my heart, and He does all of it to bring glory to Himself.
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Keep your tongue from evil and deceit.
He has continually drawn me back to Psalm 34 in the past few months, which beautifully depicts the discipline behind walking in righteousness, and the grace that is bestowed on those who walk uprightly.
Psalm 34:9-10 tells us, “Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
In Him we were also given victory (Ephesians -23, Hebrews 2:7-11, Romans -39) and told to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” and yet we often “present [our] members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness.” We are called to put on the armor in Ephesians -20 and to wage war against our flesh. Because of God, His Name, His reputation, and His holiness.
We have to fight for His Kingdom and its reign in our hearts.